Code Of Conduct

The Mission of ISSI

ISSI is a scientifically independent and neutral Space- and Earth Science institute that advances science by facilitating open multi-disciplinary discourse in a stimulating environment, reaching out towards new scientific horizons.

Shared Values of ISSI

Our code of conduct is derived from ISSI’s shared values and aims to promote these values:

Inclusion: Innovative, creative, and robust science and deep knowledge integration is completed through collaborations where all voices are valued and included. Our culture of inclusion extends beyond scientific communities, encompassing social responsibility and dialogue as a fundamental part of our commitment to a diverse and equitable society.

Diversity:  As our interdisciplinary activities bring together different perspectives, new methodologies, and experiences, we can more effectively accomplish transformational breakthroughs to our science objectives. Science knows no geographical or political boundaries, nor boundaries related to age, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Honesty and scientific integrity: Identification of the limits of what can be derived from our current physical understanding, data, and methodologies improves our scientific understanding and how our science impacts our lives. Acknowledging the contributions of others is an essential aspect of the scientific process. 

Self-reflection and accountability: We acknowledge that we all carry our own biases and that we are human and imperfect. With this understanding, we acknowledge that self-reflection and awareness of our own biases and holding ourselves accountable can help us become better mentors, collaborators, and ultimately better scientists.

An environment of trust: In order for the free exchange of new innovative ideas, there needs to be an environment and culture of trust. While we feel that the above values and guidelines should cultivate this environment, it is essential to state that trust within the team is highly valued to ensure a healthy and safe collaborative ecosystem. 

Performance to a high standard: In fulfilling its mission and adhering to its values, ISSI aims to attain the highest possible degree of

  • Scientific excellence
  • Independent and impartial action
  • Reliable partnership, responsibility and fairness 
  • Equal opportunities and inclusiveness
  • Rules of good scientific practice and conduct

Code of Conduct 

All collaboration at ISSI should maintain a professional, positive, and inclusive experience for everyone, even in a virtual environment. We ask that ISSI meeting attendees abide by the following principles:

  • We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all colleagues. 
  • We expect everyone to treat each other with respect, dignity, and courtesy. 
  • We expect that people will refrain from demeaning or discriminatory behaviour and speech. 
  • Everyone should be mindful of their surroundings and remember that this workplace is where professional interactions are expected and should be the norm.
  • Unacceptable behaviour includes intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct.
  • Keep in mind that when communicating virtually, many clues we typically derive from nuances of emotion, tone, and body language are lost. This makes it all the more important to consider the content and tone of contact and communication to avoid misinterpretation or miscommunication. 
  • Respect copying and use of presented materials and ideas, including knowing when you may need to obtain permission regarding copying materials.
  • If there is an issue that arises or you become aware of, please let Ms. Silvia Wenger  (assistant to the ISSI Executive Director) and/or Prof. Maurizio Falanga (ISSI Director) know, or other trusted individuals within the collaboration.  

The ISSI staff commits to upholding this Code of Conduct and being accountable. ISSI staff members will work together to identify problems and adjust policy and practice when it is difficult to meet these guidelines.